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Privatizing Weather Data; Canada's Bagel Wars; Apostrophes'

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Private weather companies are cropping up to produce weather and climate models that have historically been provided by the government. Private weather forecasting is a $7 billion industry that threatens the dominance of the National Weather Service and could lead to a tiered system of access.

Also this hour: Montrealers are united around their bagels. Until now, the biggest division was over who made the best bagel. Now, smoke from the wood-burning ovens have divided them into those who want to ban the ovens and traditionalists who want to preserve the city's Jewish history and social fabric - even if some suffer the ill effects from wood smoke.

Lastly, the Apostrophe Preservation Society has closed its doors. It's 96-year-old chairman said "ignorance and laziness" has won. We spend a few minutes on the apostrophe. 


  • Andrew Freedman - Editor for The Washington Post, focusing on extreme weather, climate change, science and the environment. (@afreedma)
  • Dan Bilefsky- Canada correspondent for The New York Times, based in Montreal (@DanBilefsky
  • Emily Brewster - Senior Editor and lexicographer at Merriam-Webster (@eabrewster)

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show. 

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.

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